Local Dietitians Win Annual Laura K. Savage Award
For Release: Sept. 25, 2018, Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program recently recognized nutrition educators from the OKC-County Health Department for their entry in a poster contest at the 2018 Registered Dietitian Training.
In addition to great speakers and networking opportunities, the training featured the annual Laura K. Savage Creativity in Nutrition Education Award. This award allows students and nutrition educators to showcase their talent and creativity by participating in a poster contest. The winning entry, Oh, the Ways You Can Feed, was submitted by Nao Galbraith, Kira Hemphill and Wendy Wilson of the OKC-County Health Department.
The trio of registered dietitians created this educational tool to help inform participants about the various methods available for providing breastmilk to their babies during the first days of life. The poster also gives resources for these methods such as the importance of skin-to-skin, how to hand express milk, how to spoon-feed baby and laid-back breastfeeding.
The Laura K. Savage Creativity in Nutrition Education Award is named in memory of Laura K. Savage, former WIC Nutrition Education Coordinator. Laura lost her life in 2001 in a car accident. Nutrition education was Laura’s passion. She was dedicated to developing new ways to educate participants about WIC.
There were 44 students from Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma participating in the contest. Five entries from WIC nutrition educators across the state also were submitted.
For more information about WIC services, visit http://wic.health.ok.gov.
Nao Galbraith, Wendy Wilson and Kira Hemphill of the OKC-County Health Department are pictured with their winning poster entry.